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The Art & Science
of Fitting Gentlemen's Garments


The latest course to be added to The HTA in-house syllabus is a much needed topic: the fitting of bespoke garments. It is much more than just a fitting course. The student begins with a fitting garment which fits the test figure, then it has been slightly altered to incur a fitting issues. We begin with the basics such as an incorrect sleeve pitch. The student can touch, feel and see the issue in real life and learn how to identify and remedy it on both the garment and the pattern. Once the issue has been identified the student will need to re-baste the garment ready for the next fitting issue. It is for this reason that the student must have completed one of the coat making courses. A thorough understanding of pattern drafting is needed in order to fully understand the alterations made to the patterns and students will have full understanding of both hand sewing and (industrial) sewing machine techniques.

This course is a direct lead on from the coat making and pattern drafting course.
The student must have completed both either online or in-house to qualify to take this course.
This course is not available online

The Art & Science of Fitting Gentlemen’s Garments

Suitable for levels 4 & 5 - Advanced to Semi-professional

course & Accommodation fees

Full time six week course on set dates is €3650.00

Click here for term dates

To schedule an in-house one-to-one training course outside of the provided term dates is €750 per week. This additional charge is incurred due to the personalised and individual approach. 

Students have the option to stay for as little as one week or for as long as four.

Course materials €250.00 - Subject to change

Accommodation is offered at €290 per week

An invoice will be sent for the full amount for the course of your choosing of which €500 is used to secure the student’s place on the course. The remaining amount is to be paid no later than one week before the course begins.

***All fees are non-refundable

course materials

Dugdale Brothers offer all the trimmings required for every course.


Chalk and pattern paper


Other tools such as thimbles, shears, needles, clappers, chest and sleeve boards are provided for student use for the duration of the course.


The student will have access to an industrial sewing machine, a height adjustable board and an industrial steam iron. Pressing equipment such as a tailor's ham, chest board and sleeve board will also be available for use.

course goals

This course is a finishing course. It’s a course that brings together all the knowledge accumulated from all our other online and in-houses courses. It will test the skill and the competence of the student in many disciplines such as pattern drafting, coat making, hand and machine sewing.

This is the final course one can take as part of The HTA in-house training programme. It brings together all the skills mastered from previous courses. The student will come to a fuller understanding of pattern making and garment fitting, arming them with the knowledge they need to venture into the bespoke tailoring trade. Graduates who have completed the trouser, waistcoat, coat and pattern drafting courses will be awarded with a certificate of Master Tailor upon completion of this course.

Week 1


Introduction to tools, head units and measurement chart; taking measurements and assessing figures

Students will take turns measuring one another to become competent in assessing figures


Sleeve pitch

The sleeve will be pitched both forward and back


Reducing the chest

Two methods of reducing the chest will be discussed - both locally and by crookening

Ladies Jacket Making Syllabus


Letting out the waist

The waist can be altered on both the front edge and the side seam


Taking in the waist

The waist can be reduced on both the front edge and the side seam

The Art & Science of Fitting Gentlemen's Garments

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